The commencement ceremony for May degree candidates will be Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum, 1162 Eden Terrace. Tickets are not required. Graduates need to check-in between 5:30 and 6:15 pm.
Degree candidates must have successfully completed all curriculum requirements in order to participate in the ceremony. There will be no exceptions.
Degree candidates should park in the north parking lot of the coliseum. Public Safety officers will direct you to the nearest available space. Please enter the coliseum ONLY through the north tunnel.
In the south side parking lot, there will be a designated area coned off for special guests. All remaining parking is available for family and guests.
NOTE: Parking off Winthrop property could lead to your vehicle being towed.
1. College of Business Administration 3. College of Visual and Performing Arts2. College of Education 4. College of Arts and Sciences
NOTE: This seating is approximate. Exact seating will depend upon the number of graduates in attendance from each college.
Upon conclusion of the singing of the Alma Mater, the platform party will leave first, followed by the faculty. The graduates will exit under the direction of the Student Marshals. Please meet family and friends in the upper concourse after the ceremony. The ceremony should last until approximately 8:30 p.m.
Diplomas can be picked up from a representative of the Office of Records and Registration immediately after the ceremony.
Family and guests of the degree candidates should be seated by 6:40 p.m. The commencement procession begins promptly at 6:50 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Reserving seats is not allowed. The coliseum will open at 5 p.m. to accommodate all who want to find seats early. Balloons and balloon bouquets are not allowed in the Coliseum as they may obstruct the view of other guests. Consider leaving these items in your car or having a member of your party wait outside until the ceremony concludes.
For information on the Rock Hill area, including a list of local accommodations, check out the Winthrop Visitors' Center.
If you or your guest(s) require an auxiliary aid or service identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Office of Disability Services at (803) 323-3290 (V/TTD) or visit the Services for Students with Disabilities web site for more information. A sign language interpreter will be provided at the ceremony.
Seating will be designated for guests, including the elderly, who may need special assistance. In an effort to ensure accessible seating for those who need it, we ask that only one family member accompany the person in the designated seating area. This will be enforced. These individuals should plan to arrive prior to 5:30 p.m., use the entrance for the disabled and proceed to the section for the disabled as directed by faculty marshals. If you have a disabled parking permit, please park your vehicle in the designated area.
Lifetouch professional photographers will take pictures during the Commencement Ceremony. Two photographs will be taken, one with the president and the other a more posed shot in front of the Winthrop logo. Lifetouch will contact graduates after graduation regarding the sale of the photos. Go to the https://events.lifetouch.com/winthrop for information about commencement photographs. Any questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-505-9496 Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm EST, or via the Lifetouch web site.Guests may take their own photos and videos of the ceremony but shall not block the aisles or the view of other guests. The Commencement stage will be left intact for a short time following the ceremony for those guests who wish to take photographs.
The official ring of Winthrop University is reserved exclusively for alumni and graduate students who have completed at least 18 credit hours, and undergraduate students of junior or senior standing who have completed at least 54 credit hours. For more information, call 800-854-7464.
In the instance of extreme weather, unsafe road conditions, or natural disasters, the University will notify local media outlets regarding the feasibility of proceeding with the graduation ceremony as scheduled.
All commencement participants must wear only appropriate academic regalia, which is distributed to students through the campus bookstore. Men remove academic caps during the singing of the national anthem and the alma mater. Tassels should be worn on the left front side for master’s degree candidates. You may order your cap, gown and hood from The Bookstore in person or by telephone (803/323-3800). The Bookstore hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 6 p.m. The cap, gown and tassel are sold as a unit for $57. The hood is sold separately for $45. The Bookstore will ship via UPS to your home or work address but not to a post office box. Shipping will cost approximately $6.95. Orders for regalia should be submitted at least 30 days prior to commencement.
The color of the hoods worn by graduate degree candidates is determined by discipline. The table below lists the master’s degrees Winthrop University offers and the hood colors that correspond to each.
Master's Degree Hood Colors
Master of Science (M.S.) - DrabMaster of Business Administration (M.B.A) - Drab
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) - Light BlueMaster of Education (M.ED.) - Light BlueMaster of Science (M.S.) - Light Blue
At the heart of Winthrop’s campus is Joynes Hall, home of the Inn at Winthrop. The Inn at Winthrop features 12 elegantly appointed suites. Designed in the Neo-Georgian architectural style, Joynes Hall (1926) offers the conveniences and amenities of a modern lodging facility, but in a historic, traditional setting. Located at the campus’s main entrance, on Memorial Drive, Joynes Hall is also home to the Visitor’s Center. For accommodations, visit www.winthrop.edu/inn or call 1-800-505-2226.
For additional local accommodations, contact the York County Visitors and Convention Bureau at www.visityorkcounty.com or 1-800-866-5200.
Q. Do I have to be issued tickets for my guests to attend the ceremony? A. No. There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite.
Q. May I wear regalia from a club or organization to the ceremony or decorate my cap? A. No. All commencement participants must wear only appropriate academic regalia, distributed to students through the campus bookstore.
Q. Will I receive my diploma when I cross the stage? A. No. You will receive a diploma cover when you cross the stage. Your diploma can be picked up immediately after the ceremony.
Q. How will I know where to sit during the ceremony? A. When you arrive, you will be given a card with your name and your position in line. You will be led to your seat in the coliseum by the student marshals; just follow the person in front of you.
Q. Where do I put my keys, cell phone, pager, purse, etc.? A. Do not bring anything with you that cannot be put in your pockets as there is no secure area in the lineup area. All cell phones and pagers should be turned off.
Q. May I participate in the commencement if I have not completed all program and degree requirements? A . No, only degree candidates that have completed all curriculum requirements may participate at the ceremony. There will be no exceptions.